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Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo Reviews

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Chris Cabin
May 13, 2010
Technically ambitious, Beetle Queen succeeds where a recent armada of embarrassingly sentimental, hugely liberal eco-docs have failed
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 13, 2010
Beautifully filmed, seductively narrated...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Hale
New York Times
May 12, 2010
A scientist looking for a combination of childlike innocence and minimalist sophistication might not see it in Hello Kitty but can recognize it in a horned beetle.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 12, 2010
A fascinating documentary about the high regard for insects in Japan and the cultural and spiritual reasons behind this phenomenon.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 12, 2010
Zen gardens, banzai trees, the art of haiku -- indeed, the whole of Japanese minimalism becomes a setting for these multilegged scramblers, imbued with Shintoist wisdom for those who would look and listen.
| Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 11, 2010
An illuminating, delightful, breathtaking and captivating documentary for all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.15/10
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
May 11, 2010
An expansive take on the world in miniature, Jessica Oreck's documentary debut pursues all angles on a novel subject -- the Japanese obsession with insects -- until it assumes a worldview.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
May 11, 2010
This poetic documentary about the Japanese fascination for smaller worlds and their arthropod inhabitants is also an introduction to all things Japanese.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 10, 2010
I'm not wholly clear on the link between a jellied green thing wriggling along a tree branch and the oneness of life, but Shinto Buddhist ruminations sound good in almost any context, and the film is entrancing.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 10, 2010
A disappointingly tedious slog through a seemingly fascinating subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
May 9, 2010
This densely structured film is concerned with the interplay between a Zen-based traditional way of life and the alienating demands of urban modernity, a questionable dichotomy it has predictable difficulty resolving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
June 11, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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